TRAIN and road travel has been badly disrupted by Storm Eunice with services cancelled or delayed.

Great Western Railway had advised passengers not to travel or to check journeys as disruption is expected until the end of today.

The Met Office says the Amber warning will remain in place until 9pm.

While the main train line is expected to remain open, trains are operating at a greatly reduced timetable and through Teignbridge, only at 50mph.

Police had warned drivers not to travel unless ‘absolutely necessary’ as winds were predicted to gust up to 90 mph.

Severe disruption had been predicted including flying debris, damage to buildings, power cuts, cancelled transport services and large waves in coastal areas.

The Met Office said that fallen trees, floods and damaged power lines were also likely.

Supt Adrian Leisk, strategic lead for roads policing in Devon and Cornwall, said: ‘Red weather warnings are extremely rare so I would urge everyone to take extreme caution under the circumstances.

‘Please do not travel in your vehicle unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

‘If you can stay or work at home, then please do – particularly in the morning when the red weather warning is in place.

‘If you absolutely have to make a journey, leave early and give plenty of time to allow for any disruption.

‘Drive slowly to give yourself maximum time to react, turn your lights on to make sure you are visible and, if possible, avoid travelling on roads located near trees or on the coast.

‘At present, this weather warning is only in place for one day so please don’t put yourself and others in risk for the sake of a journey which doesn’t need to be made.’